1 St. Veronica Church Established 1951 A Stewardship Parish - Grateful Living through Faith, Fellowship, Service, & Giving 434 Alida Way Phone: South San Francisco, CA Fax: He Sent Them Out Two by Two by James Tissot Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 15, 2018 Jesus began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. - Mark 6:7
2 St. Veronica Parish Parish Office Hours Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (unless otherwise posted) Phone: Fax: Parish Staff Fr. Charles Puthota, Ph.D., Pastor Fr. Don Sharp, S.J., Weekend Assistant Deacon Roger Beaudry Karen Guglielmoni, Faith Formation & Wedding Coordinator, Ext.305 Christopher Lindstrom, Music Director, Ext. 308 Jim Rodriguez, Custodian/Maintenance St. Veronica Catholic School Phone: Mrs. Mary Boland Principal SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION Sacrament of Baptism Baptisms are to be arranged through the Parish Office. Baptisms in English are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Baptisms in Spanish are typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Baptismal Preparation classes are held once a month. Call the Parish Office at Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Call the Parish Office to register Ext.309 Faith Formation: Ext. 305 Catechetical instructions (1st to 8th grades) Confirmation Classes: Mass Intentions for the Week of July 15, 2018 Sun 07/15 7:00 Joanna Pierotti 8:30 Reesa S. Laguador 10:00 Kristine Berman 11:30 Giovanni & Maria Chiodo 6:00 John Gino Sevieri Mon 07/16 Tue 07/17 Wed 07/18 Thu 07/19 6:30 Leo Fornaciari 8:30 Generoso Apostol 6:30 Henry Risso 8:30 Tony Martinez 6:30 Fr. Jerome Jerry Leach 8:30 Gordon O Keefe 6:30 Cleofe Hipolito 8:30 Beverly Godin Fri 07/20 6:30 Manuel Rodriguez 8:30 Carlos Baluyot Sat 07/21 8:30 Evio Marcucci 5:00 Robert Cauterucio Sun 07/22 7:00 Ludmila Smith 8:30 Eulalia Fernandez 10:00 Mike Sr. & Kevin Folan 11:30 Roberto Laura 6:00 No Intention St. Veronica Parish Mission Statement St. Veronica Church is a multicultural community of believers who treasure Jesus Christ at the center of their profession of faith & practice. They worship & work together to build up a community of family & friends according to the mind & heart of Christ. Out of the abundance of joy & gratitude, they live & share the good news of faith & hope, striving to stand up for peace & justice, to spread love & compassion, to care for those who are in need, and to make our nation & the world a better place for all. Parish Office
3 Mass Schedule Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 a.m. Spanish Mass: Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Holy Days: 6:30, 8:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. (English) Monday - Friday: 6:30 & 8:30 a.m. Confessions Saturdays: 4:00-5:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Hours Monday - Friday: Morning Prayer at 6:00 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday except as posted for holidays and parish events Parish Registration Please complete and return form to the parish office, or simply drop it in the collection basket. Kindly print all information. Name(s): Name(s): Address: City & Zip: Phone: Primary language spoken at home: Updating Current Parish Registration Moving / Please remove from mailing list. This is a new registration Please call me. On the Horizon Parish Center repair work through July: Floor replacement in the Parish Center; hospitality will move to Falcon Hall (the cafeteria) Sat., August 11: Spanish ministry vigil, 7:00 p.m. - midnight in the Church Wed., August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation - morning Masses plus an additional Mass at 6:30 p.m. Sun., August 19: Incoming Kindergarten family Mass, 10:00 a.m. Wed., August 22: First Day of School; lower parking lot closes at 8:00 a.m. until dismissal. Please use care when driving on campus! Envelopes received in the First Collection: June 23 & 24: 294 June 30 & July 1: 294 July 7 & 8: 306 If you currently receive envelopes but do not use them, please prayerfully consider including your donation in the collection basket. June 30/July 1 Collection Totals First Collection $7, Second Collection (Peter s Pence) $2, Collection Totals: $9, :00 p.m. June 30: $1,667/1st; $402/2nd; $2,069 total 7:00 a.m. July 1: $1,423/1st; $289/2nd; $1,712 total 8:30 a.m. July 1: $1,145/1st; $569/2nd; $1,714 total 10:00 a.m. July 1: $1,642/1st; $342/2nd; $1,984 total 11:30 a.m. July 1: $967/1st; $254/2nd; $1,221 total 6:00 p.m. July 1: $488/1st; $169/2nd; $657 total Thank you for your generosity in support of St. Veronica Parish and its works. Day Mass Time 1st Collection Music Ministry Totals Saturday 07/07/18 5:00PM Sunday 07/08/18 7:00AM :30AM :00AM :30AM :00PM TOTAL IN-PEW DONATIONS: $6, $1, $7, Other Contributions n/a
4 Rejoice and Be Glad - Gaudete et Exsultate The Call to Holiness in Today s World On March 19, 2018, the feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis signed the apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate. The pope reminds us, We need to recognize and combat our aggressive and selfish inclinations, and not let them take root (no. 114). Over the course of several bulletins, the five chapters of Pope Francis exhortation will be presented in its entirety. We conclude Chapter One: CH. ONE: THE CALL TO HOLINESS (cont d) ACTIVITY THAT SANCTIFIES 25. Just as you cannot understand Christ apart from the kingdom he came to bring, so too your personal mission is inseparable from the building of that kingdom: Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Mt 6:33). Your identification with Christ and his will involves a commitment to build with him that kingdom of love, justice and universal peace. Christ himself wants to experience this with you, in all the efforts and sacrifices that it entails, but also in all the joy and enrichment it brings. You cannot grow in holiness without committing yourself, body and soul, to giving your best to this endeavour. 26. It is not healthy to love silence while fleeing interaction with others, to want peace and quiet while avoiding activity, to seek prayer while disdaining service. Everything can be accepted and integrated into our life in this world, and become a part of our path to holiness. We are called to be contemplatives even in the midst of action, and to grow in holiness by responsibly and generously carrying out our proper mission. 27. Could the Holy Spirit urge us to carry out a mission and then ask us to abandon it, or not fully engage in it, so as to preserve our inner peace? Yet there are times when we are tempted to relegate pastoral engagement or commitment in the world to second place, as if these were distractions along the path to growth in holiness and interior peace. We can forget that life does not have a mission, but is a mission. 28. Needless to say, anything done out of anxiety, pride or the need to impress others will not lead to holiness. We are challenged to show our commitment in such a way that everything we do has evangelical meaning and identifies us all the more with Jesus Christ. We often speak, for example, of the spirituality of the catechist, the spirituality of the diocesan priesthood, the spirituality of work. For the same reason, in Evangelii Gaudium I concluded by speaking of a spirituality of mission, in Laudato Si of an ecological spirituality, and in Amoris Laetitia of a spirituality of family life. 29. This does not mean ignoring the need for moments of quiet, solitude and silence before God. Quite the contrary. The presence of constantly new gadgets, the excitement of travel and an endless array of consumer goods at times leave no room for God s voice to be heard. We are overwhelmed by words, by superficial pleasures and by an increasing din, filled not by joy but rather by the discontent of those whose lives have lost meaning. How can we fail to realize the need to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space needed to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God? Finding that space may prove painful but it is always fruitful. Sooner or later, we have to face our true selves and let the Lord enter. This may not happen unless we see ourselves staring into the abyss of a frightful temptation, or have the dizzying sensation of standing on the precipice of utter despair, or find ourselves completely alone and abandoned. In such situations, we find the deepest motivation for living fully our commitment to our work. 30. The same distractions that are omnipresent in today s world also make us tend to absolutize our free time, so that we can give ourselves over completely to the devices that provide us with entertainment or ephemeral pleasures. As a result, we come to resent our mission, our commitment grows slack, and our generous and ready spirit of service begins to flag. This denatures our spiritual experience. Can any spiritual fervour be sound when it dwells alongside sloth in evangelization or in service to others? 31. We need a spirit of holiness capable of filling both our solitude and our service, our personal life and our evangelizing efforts, so that every moment can be an expression of selfsacrificing love in the Lord s eyes. In this way, every minute of our lives can be a step along the path to growth in holiness. MORE ALIVE, MORE HUMAN 32. Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy. On the contrary, you will become what the Father had in mind when he created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self. To depend on God sets us free from every form of enslavement and leads us to recognize our great dignity. We see this in Saint Josephine Bakhita: Abducted and sold into slavery at the tender age of seven, she suffered much at the hands of cruel masters. But she came to understand the profound truth that God, and not man, is the true Master of every human being, of every human life. This experience became a source of great wisdom for this humble daughter of Africa. 33. To the extent that each Christian grows in holiness, he or she will bear greater fruit for our world. The bishops of West Africa have observed that we are being called in the spirit of the New Evangelization to be evangelized and to evangelize through the empowering of all you, the baptized, to take up your roles as salt of the earth and light of the world wherever you find yourselves. 34. Do not be afraid to set your sights higher, to allow yourself to be loved and liberated by God. Do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Holiness does not make you less human, since it is an encounter between your weakness and the power of God s grace. For in the words of León Bloy, when all is said and done, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint. (We begin Chapter Two next week...)
5 A very special THANK YOU to Patti Spiteri for her dedication to our parish as our administrative assistant! Patti began the next chapter in her life on July 6th when she officially retired after 8 years as St. Veronica and more than 30 years with the Archdiocese, having worked at St. Elizabeth Catholic School before coming to SV in June We wish Patti many, many years of happy, healthy retirement as she enjoys time with her sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. It is with great joy that we welcome into our church and community the following child who received the Sacrament of Baptism at our Church on July 7, 2018 Charlotte DeSilva July Bingo at St. Veronica! Looking for something fun to do on Wednesday evenings this July? Come join the dozens of others from our community who play Bingo in Falcon Hall (school cafeteria). Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; games begin at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds from our Bingo games benefit St. Veronica Catholic School. Traveling this Summer? Find A Catholic Church anywhere in the World visit the website MassTimes.org is a non-profit web site that allows traveling Catholics to locate Mass times and information for Catholic Churches around the world. Pray for our Beloved Deceased In your prayers this week, please remember the repose of the souls of our deceased parishioners, especially: Alda Campi - died June 12, 2018 Anne Childs - died June 28, 2018 Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord Mass Intentions Available! Mass intentions for 2019 are now being accepted in the Pastoral Center office. Kindly observe the following guidelines when reserving Masses: Intentions are on a first-come, first-served basis Up to 4 intentions may be made during one visit Intentions are to be made in person at the Pastoral Center during regular office hours Intentions are limited to one name per Mass except for those made for a wedding anniversary Please Note: A large number of 2018 intentions (particularly for weekdays and the weekly Spanish Mass) remain available.
6 Reflecting on the Word Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Letter to the Ephesians reminds us that God has called us, in Christ, to be holy. We were sealed with the Holy Spirit to give praise and glory to God. St. Francis de Sales dedicated his life to helping people understand that all of us are called to holiness, whatever our way or state in life. Holiness simply means being united with God. Pope Francis spoke about this during an audience on November 19, He observed that the call to holiness is not just for the ordained and professed religious; all are called to become saints. We become saints by living in communion with the Lord and serving others. Like Amos, the shepherd prophet, and the Twelve sent out two by two to fish for people, we have all that we need to be holy and share God s love. Our human experiences and our lives of faith have the power to invite others into a relationship with Jesus Christ that brings healing, lessens the power of evil, unleashes the power of God s love, and enables people to serve one another in Christ s name. By being who we are and being that well, we give glory to God and witness the unconditional, merciful love that Jesus came to offer us when he walked the earth. When we live in communion with the Lord and one another, we grow in holiness. Or, as we say at the end of Mass, we announce the gospel of the Lord and go in peace, glorifying the Lord with our lives. Our lives pray in the words of Ephesians: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. Baptism Information Registration forms are available from the Pastoral Center during regular office hours, or you may download a form from our website at Baptisms are generally celebrated monthly on the 1st and 3rd Saturday in English and on occasional 2nd Saturdays in Spanish. Please call the Parish Office to sign up. Upcoming baptism dates are as follows: July 21 August 4 & 18 September 1 & 15 Preparation classes for parents and godparents are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Classes are conducted in the Pastoral Center from 7:30-9:00 p.m. (Adults only please). Please call the Parish Office at for specific dates and to reserve your space for the Baptismal Preparation Classes. For Prayerful Consideration & Discussion Do you believe that you are holy? Give some examples. What gifts do you have to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ? Living and Praying with the Word Generous God, you have given me all that I need to grow in holiness. Open my eyes to the presence and power of your Holy Spirit within me. Free me to share your love in ways that invite others to know you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, and to discover the Spirit s presence within them. - Living the Word
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8 Adult and Youth Faith Formation Registration Open The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program is now accepting registration for Those 16 years of age or older who would like to become Catholic (having never been baptized) or who would like to complete the Sacraments of Initiation (having been baptized into a Christian faith, but not received Communion and/ or been confirmed) are invited to call the Pastoral Center offices at and leave their contact information. A member of the RCIA team will follow up with details about the program, which begins in September. Registration forms are available in the Pastoral Center. New and continuing registration is being accepted for the Faith Formation program. Registration forms are on the parish website under the Faith Formation tab, or may be requested by calling the Faith Formation office at ext Even if your child will be a returning student, a registration form is required. Forms are available in Spanish at the parish office. Please register your child/children as soon as possible as class sizes are limited. Classes begin in September. A reminder that preparation for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation are each two-year programs, beginning no earlier than first grade for Communion and no earlier than 8th grade for Confirmation. Special Needs Faith Formation Program: Let the little children come to me; do not hinder them, for such is the kingdom of God. - Mark 10:14. Implicit in Jesus words is his welcome to all children. We are all children of God; God welcomes us all. Every child may receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. At St. Veronica, we are blessed to offer classes for students with special needs. The children usually begin preparation for Holy Eucharist at age 6 or 7, but there is no upper age limit. Confirmation preparation usually begins around age 12. Preparation for each sacrament is two years. If you have a child with special needs who has not received his or her sacraments, please contact the Parish Office. And please pass along our information to others who may be interested in the program! Classes begin in late September on Saturdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m. We would love to work with your child on his or her faith journey! St. Veronica Parish Festival 2018 September 28, 29, 30 We are going to the Islands! Festival planning is underway! Donations will be taken throughout the summer at the Parish Office for the following booths: Café (bottled water, canned or bottled nonalcoholic beverages in single-serve size, single-serve chips, boxed candy, etc.) Liquor Booth Sports Booth Toy Booth Donations of gift cards/certificates will gladly be accepted for the silent auction. Own a business or know of a business that might like to become a festival sponsor? Leave your contact information with the Parish Office, and it will be passed along to the Festival Planning Team!